Crocodile Festival

Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA)

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival is a three-day cultural celebration staged annually in Ambunti, East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival highlights the importance of the crocodile and its cultural significance to the people of the Sepik River.

The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the Asia-Pacific region and is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater and saltwater crocodile populations.

In Sepik culture man and crocodile share a special bond. The Crocodile symbolizes strength, power and manhood.  Skin-cutting initiations continue in Sepik River communities where men proudly wear scars cut into their skin during the rite of passage. These scars, resembling the back of a crocodile, run from the shoulder to the hip.

Crocodiles are significant to the Sepik culture where they have cultural traditions, beliefs and legends based on this ancient animal.

The festival is usually held every first weekend of August.  For 2017 it was held last weekend from August 5th – 7th. You had to be there to experience the culture and beauty from one of Papua New Guinea’s fascinating tribal heartlands in the East Sepik, Momase Region.

If you missed out this year, not to worry, there is one next year and it gets better every year.

For updates follow the Sepik River Crocodile Festival Facebook group page.

To find out more on accommodation and adventure tour agents that operate inline with the Crocodile Festival you can click in the link below which is the source of our story.


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